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Title:An Analysis of the UIUC Ku Klux Klan and the Surrounding Debates
Author(s):Lane, Stephan
Subject(s):Ku Klux Klan
Registered Student Organization
RHET104C S08
Abstract:Was the Ku Klux Klan at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a racist organization? Was it affiliated with the well-known national Ku Klux Klan? Two archivists at UIUC claim that the group was not racist and had no affiliation with the nationwide KKK. These archivists, John Franch and Maynard Brichford, assert that the group's ideals and purpose were entirely social. This paper begins with a historical analysis of the student KKK from beginning to end. This first section is intended to provide the reader with the information needed to understand the debate described in the following two sections. Following the analysis, the arguments of the university archivists are examined and the involvement of the group's founder, Harold Pogue, is detailed. Since much information about the organization has been lost throughout the years, the truth about the group cannot be determined with complete certainty. The intent of my research is to point out a possibility that has not been addressed by university archivists; it is far more likely that the campus KKK is not as innocent as these experts have claimed.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-10

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